When Goodreads asked me to set a reading goal for 2017, I thought 50 books seemed reasonable. Well, it’s only May and I am up to 31. So, I think I’ll easily meet that challenge : ) I’ve tried to read a wide variety of authors and topics this year and discovered a few new to me favorites. Thus, I wanted to share them with you! Without further ado, here are the best books I picked up so far.
Stardust by Neil Gaiman – Neil Gaiman seems to be popping up everywhere I turn these days. His American Gods is now a tv series on Starz, but it seemed a bit too violent for my taste. Stardust, however, is just the type of book I love. It’s a fantasy novel about a young man who ventures into the Faerie world to capture a fallen star for the love of his life. Adventures ensue!
Winter of the World by Ken Follett – The second book in the trilogy, Winter of the World focuses on the years leading up to and including World War II. Follett doesn’t gloss over any of the horrors of war, making this a fascinating and eye opening read.
The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan – If you’re looking for a beach read, this is it! Colgan’s tale about a woman who moves to Scotland to start a traveling bookshop is every reader’s dream. There’s plenty of quirky characters and book talk to relish.
Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier – This book has all the Gothic style of the classics from the 1800’s, but is less than 100 years old. I enjoyed the slightly creepy nature of the dead wife’s influence and the mystery surrounding her death.
The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines – Honestly, who doesn’t love these two? The stars of Fixer Upper tell their story and it is as delightful and honest and charming as you would expect. I personally enjoyed Chip’s added commentary and hearing about how their faith has shaped their lives.
Did you set a Goodreads goal? What are your favorite books of the year?
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